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Just cleaning and taking apart my gear for the season and realize my 10 weight intermediate line is pretty nicked up and that its been several years since I purchased a fly line. This one was a Scientific Angler's Striper line, and was pretty happy with it. Was wondering, since its been a few years, what are you all fishing for the surf in that weight line? Any recommendations or opinions? I'd be much obliged.

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Most, if not all, striper-specific fly lines have heads too long for the type of fishing I do - steep beaches behind me and deep wading. They have heads of 38' (SA) and longer.

I like the Wulff tapers (30') especially in the Monoclear lines and ghost (clear) tips with inter. tips and floating running line. I also like the way that they load my rods - faster than the others.

 

If you are fishing from a boat where you are high off of the water then my guess is that the others will be O.K. and you won't tick the water. But I still prefer the Wulff in those situations because I can load the rod faster.

Regards,

Herb

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NHsalter - replaced two old surf-colored Sci Angler intermediates (8 and 9 wt) back in September with new SA Mastery Series Striper lines, same weights. The new lines have a clear tip which I like, and the green running line is easier to see and track. The new lines shoot a little better but probably only because they are new and slick, not worn like the old lines. Certainly not because of my casting prowess (?!)

 

HL - have you tried any of the so-called redfish lines in the surf? They all seem to have short tapers, but may only be mfg'd as floaters. I don't recall an Int or clear sink tip.

 

I've tried a Rio 8-wt and a Sci Ang 9-wt redfish lines for snook fishing around docks and bridges. Don't have that much time on either line yet, but so far they seem okay. I like that I can retrieve the fly closer to the rod tip, lift and then shoot cast with minimal false casting.

 

Just wondered you've tired them in the surf.

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Snookfly,

Hi,

I have not tried the SA Redfish line - only avail in floating. I did try the RIO clouser line (floating also). Both the clouser and redfish are 1/2 line up from "standard" lines. So the #9 line would be the equiv. of a #9.5.

 

The Wulff lines feel like they are also heavier - maybe not 1/2 - but heavier.

 

I like the combo of heavier head and stiffness of the Wulff - especially for FL use. Can get a little stiff on the Cape in early season - then I like the old Airflo clear striper coldwater.

Herb

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